“On behalf of the staff and students of Forbes High School, I would like to say thank you for the very generous donation of musical instruments to our school through your Rural Aid program ‘The Gift of Music’. Your organisation’s desire and commitment to help Forbes High School add to their inventory of musical instruments has been much appreciated.”
Donald Ruttan, CAPA Teacher, Forbes High School
“Thank you so much for travelling to Chinchilla to deliver instruments, music and equipment to our school. We are so lucky to have ‘Gift of Music’ donate these items to our Instrumental Music program. Thank you so much for all you do.”
Kellie McKensey & Chinchilla State School Instrumental Music Students
Dear Wayne and Robyn, Rural Aid Gift of Music program,
Following the 2018 QSO visit to Chinchilla, two violin students were identified as requiring new full sized violins. Although they have known about this issue for over a year, due to their parents being farmers and the drought, they were unable to purchase new instruments. Their lesson times had to be cut due to cost pressure and they were actually considering not continuing to play.
Thankfully the QSO, in particular Gail Atkin, contacted Rural Aid’s ‘Gift of Music’ program. Gift of Music were able to donate two full sized violin outfits! along with music books of which we are so appreciative!! These two girls are now keen to continue their musical studies next year and to continue their community involvement through Chinchilla String Ensemble.
Thank you Wayne and Robyn for your ongoing support of rural music communities
Monica Larkin, String Teacher, Chinchilla String Ensemble Director, Chinchilla Christian College
We’re starting to get into Ukulele playing!
Many thanks once again for making this a reality for us.
Peter Nelson, Principal – River City Christian College, Echuca Victoria
Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra helps Gift of Music take music to rural Queensland schools
The Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra teamed up with Gift of Music to deliver much-needed musical instruments to schools in the Western Downs and Maranoa Shire, also giving local school students the wonderful opportunity to perform with the orchestra in workshops and concerts in both Dalby and Roma.
“ This was a great experience for the kids. My students haven’t played in an ensemble that’s this big before. So to be able to play in an orchestra like this was just an incredible experience!”
Ms Samantha Barnes, multi-instrumental teacher in 9 Maranoa Shire schools.
“The Gift of Music donation of these instruments to our schools is amazing. It means that more kids that want to play musical instruments will get the opportunity to now. We haven’t been able to take in as many kids that have wanted to in the past, so it’s an awesome opportunity for more students to get involved in our music program.”
Mr Sam Muller, Instrumental Music Teacher – Strings, Roma State College (Base School), St John’s Catholic School Roma, Injune State School
“ Thankyou to Rural Aid/Gift of Music for coming to Roma today to share the gift of music. The concert by the Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra was fantastic, as was the encouragement of our local music students. THANK YOU for the generous donation of instruments to students in the Maranoa region. Everyone who was involved deserves a huge round of applause.”
Maranoa Music Inc.
Roma State College Jubilee Hall
“A very big thank you to the team from Rural Aid, as well as the BRYO Orchestra for a very successful and positive day as part of their Gift of Music tour. Out here in Dalby it’s quite rare to see an orchestra, but the kids loved the opportunity to play with, and learn from, such talented musicians. It was also inspiring to see so many young and skillful musicians that loved playing music. All our kids learnt a lot and it was a real boost to their confidence and musical ability.
The instruments we have received from Rural Aid’s Gift of Music program have been a massive blessing. We received 2 drum sets as well as a djembe and a dozen miscellaneous drums and other percussion gear, a brand new trombone, a fantastic tuba and quite a few other bits and pieces like music stands and sheet music. When starting up the instrumental program here at Dalby Christian College 5 years ago, we only had around $2000 to buy a couple flutes, clarinets and trumpets. Instruments like a tuba were something that was sorely needed but always just a dream due to their cost. We are extremely grateful to have been given so many instruments, all in excellent condition, by the Gift of Music team. It is going to make a world of difference to our instrumental program. I strongly encourage anyone who hears about the Gift of Music organisation to support them in any way you can, because it is making a huge difference to those of us out west.”
Chris Schenk, Classroom and instrumental music teacher – Dalby Christian College
Dalby South State School was very fortunate to have a visit from the Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra and Rural Aid (Gift of Music) on Saturday 30th June 2018. This was a huge experience for our music students at Dalby South SS to be involved in a workshop with students from BRYO and to perform with this outstanding orchestra. Many of our students had never seen an orchestra in real life and the excitement on their faces was overwhelming to say the least. Members from BRYO workshopped a piece of music with our students, followed by a combined rehearsal with BRYO. The concert after the rehearsal was outstanding, with very favourable feedback from the audience comprised of parents and community members.
It is a rare occurrence for an orchestra to visit a region west of Toowoomba such as Dalby. Our students’ musicianship benefited enormously from this experience and I would recommend other schools to get involved if the opportunity becomes available in the future.
This event was organised by Rural Aid – Gift of Music, who not only organised BRYO to visit our school but who also donated a substantial amount of musical equipment to our school. Their donation of musical instruments and sheet music resources will enhance the development of both our Instrumental Music Program and Curriculum Program at Dalby South State School. Rural schools do struggle with financing programs such as these and we are so fortunate to have assistance from Rural Aid – Gift of Music to give our students the resources they need to develop their musical skills. Thank you Rural Aid Gift of Music, in helping us to develop our musical programs to the next level.
Andrew Will, Instrumental Music Teacher – Dalby South State School
“Thank you and Rural Aid, so much for the gift of the beautiful Ukulele instruments to Jilkminggan and Mataranka schools. The teachers and students were thrilled and it certainly gave me and my nurse colleagues much joy and satisfaction delivering them to the schools.”
Lorelle Holland, nurse practitioner, Mataranka Sunrise Health Centre
Hunter Valley Grammar School answers the call to support remote schools
Recently, HVGS was approached by Rural Aid to help support the Buy a Bale program in the Hunter Valley. While raising funds for the Buy a Bale program, Shannon Laundon, a Music teacher from HVGS decided that she would start collecting musical instruments to support the Gift of Music program also run by Rural Aid. Ms Laundon said “ We feel we would love to support our remote musical friends this way. We have so much. It is the least we can do to help these disadvantaged children.”
HVGS collected 25 musical instruments ranging from flutes, to guitars and violins, as well as over $400 cash to be used to purchase new instruments. Local music stores Turramurra Music and The Music Corner also helped out with instruments and gift certificates.
Wayne Thomson from Rural Aid announced that some of the instruments would be immediately shipped to indigenous schools in the Northern Territory, thanks to the kind hearted actions of these HCGS families.
Mr Thomson said that Gift of Music was established to provide musical instruments for students in rural, remote and indigenous communities by collecting them in the cities. “We ask people to check under their beds, in their cupboards, wherever there might be no-longer-used musical instruments. Then we service them, and redistribute them to schools and student in need.”
Hunter Valley Grammar School
Port of Brisbane and Gift of Music make an early Christmas delivery to Mt Sylvia School
What a happy day when the team from Port of Brisbane dropped in to the Mt Sylvia State School to deliver some musical instruments in conjunction with Rural Aid’s Gift of Music program.
Principal Mark Thompson said that this was a highlight of their year and they looked forward to taking up the offer from Port of Brisbane to visit the port and take a tour of the facilities. Mr Ed Harwood Community Relations Advisor for Port of Brisbane, said “I hope you can bring along these new instruments and give us a concert!”. Principle Thompson assured the team from the port that they would be keen to visit and perform.
Port of Brisbane
“Thank you so much to Gift of Music for the donation of all of the
instruments, the guitars and recorders hadn’t arrived by the time I took the
The school and community very much appreciates your generosity, as it allows
more students to access our instrumental program. Thank you again!”
Karl Gunter, Principal, Laura State School, Department of Education and Training
Read what recipients of the Gift of Music program have said:
“Last week, Miles State School received a generous donation from the “Gift of Music” program run by Rural Aid Australia. Gail Courte, who is an active volunteer with Rural Aid, put me in contact with their “Gift of Music” program who decided to donate some instruments and sheet music to our instrumental program.
Rural Aid was also visiting Miles with “Buy a Bale”, who delivered to our area for distribution to a number of local farmers, and a “Farm Rescue” trip happened which delivered much needed assistance in the form of help with numerous projects from yard building, fencing, and water reticulation to household repairs and maintenance and much more in between.
All of this help has been provided by Rural Aid and we thank them greatly for helping our community in a number of areas. If you would like more information on any of the programs run by Rural Aid then please visit their website (https://www.ruralaid.org.au) and in particular check out the “Gift of Music” program (https://www.giftofmusic.org.au).”
Mrs Kathryn Taylor